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Definitions for Contribution
ˌkɒn trəˈbyu ʃəncon·tri·bu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contribution, part, sharenoun

    the part played by a person in bringing about a result

    "I am proud of my contribution in advancing the project"; "they all did their share of the work"

  2. contribution, donationnoun

    a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause

  3. contribution, donationnoun

    act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity

  4. contributionnoun

    an amount of money contributed

    "he expected his contribution to be repaid with interest"

  5. contributionnoun

    a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story


  1. contributionnoun

    Something given or offered that adds to a larger whole.

  2. contributionnoun

    An amount of money given toward something.

  3. contributionnoun

    The act of contributing.

  4. Etymology: From contributionem, from contribuere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contributionnoun

    Etymology: from contribute.

    It hath pleased them of Macedonia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints. Rom. xv. 26.

    Beggars are now maintained by voluntary contributions. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    The people ’twixt Philippi and this ground,
    Do stand but in a forc’d affection;
    For they have grudg’d us contribution. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.


  1. contribution

    Contribution refers to the act of giving something such as time, effort, ideas, money, or resources, typically for a specific purpose or cause. This could be towards a charity, project, business, community, or even a discussion. In a broader sense, it can also mean the role or input that an individual or group has that helps to advance, improve, or achieve something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contributionnoun

    the act of contributing

  2. Contributionnoun

    that which is contributed; -- either the portion which an individual furnishes to the common stock, or the whole which is formed by the gifts of individuals

  3. Contributionnoun

    an irregular and arbitrary imposition or tax leved on the people of a town or country

  4. Contributionnoun

    payment, by each of several jointly liable, of a share in a loss suffered or an amount paid by one of their number for the common benefit

  5. Etymology: [L. contributio: cf. F. contribution.]


  1. Contribution

    The part played by somebody or something in bringing about an end or result.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. contribution

    Money paid in order to save a place from being plundered by a hostile force. (See RANSOM.) Also, a sum raised among merchants, where goods have been thrown overboard in stress of weather, towards the loss of the owners thereof.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. contribution

    In a military sense, is an imposition or tax levied on the people of a conquered town or country.

Editors Contribution

  1. contribution

    The act and process of to contribute.

    Their contribution was so very helpful to everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contribution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1965

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contribution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2155

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Contribution' in Nouns Frequency: #579

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Contribution in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Contribution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Contribution in a Sentence

  1. Muammer Komurcuoglu:

    The push for lower interest rates may be related to trying to increase the contribution of the construction sector to growth, but growth through consumption is one-off.

  2. James Woods:

    This has been such a positive contribution for the breast cancer patients.

  3. Jason Hess:

    Cindy came on ‘Jeopardy!’ to play the game she loved and in doing so, she was able to make a contribution to cancer research in the hopes that no one else would have to go through what she did.

  4. Andrew Witty:

    While RTS,S on its own is not the complete answer to malaria, its use alongside those interventions ... such as bed nets and insecticides would provide a very meaningful contribution to controlling the impact of malaria on children in those African communities that need it the most.

  5. Liz Thomas:

    There is an urgent need to understand the contribution of Antarctic ice to sea-level rise, and we use a number of techniques to determine the balance between snowfall and ice loss, when ice loss is not replenished by snowfall, then sea level rises.

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